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Comedian Amy Beckham Takes on Christmas in this Brief Video

Comedian Amy Beckham gives a group of friends sitting around a camp fire her humorous take on Christmas – Christmas carols, christmas traffic and more.

Amy’s comedy is energetic and lighthearted with subject matters ranging from marriage to children to diets. As an optometrist, wife, and mother, Amy is provided with an endless supply of comic material.

Farmers Market, Arts Market and Car Show in Fernandina This Saturday

October 15, 2016, brings the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market back to Amelia Island, and because we had to cancel both the farmers market and the arts market last Saturday due to Hurricane Matthew, this Saturday there will be a special “make up” edition of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market.

Never a dull place, Saturday morning will be alive with activity with the farmers market, the arts market, and the Amelia Cruizers 20th Annual 8-Flags Car Show.

This week we are showing off a couple of new vendors. One new booth you will see is local restaurant, The Patio Place. Stop and visit Amy and her crew while they serve up crepes this week as well as on October 29th. Another new vendor, Bluegrass to Sawgrass Gourmet Foods, specializes in beautifully packaged pecans that are glazed in a variety of amazing, handcrafted flavors. We encourage you to show them both a friendly Fernandina welcome!

In addition to these new vendors, this week there will be over 60 tents full of amazing vegetables, fruits, meats, seafood, dips, prepared dishes, olives, pickles, plants, trees, shrubs, rice, breads, pastries, jewelry, pottery, paintings, woodworking, apparel, home decor, furniture and so much more.

We are open rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and your well behaved leashed pets are welcome. Music will be provided by the talented Spanish guitarist Dennis Fermin, and our Booth with a Cause will be The Ben Byrns Foundation. They will be sharing information about their annual 5K Runway Rally coming to the Fernandina Beach Airport on October 22, 2016, and you can learn more about their mission to educate and guide young adults to make good choices in their lives.

For the latest information be sure to find either market on facebook or the world wide web.

Hometown July 4th Holiday in Downtown Fernandina

The City of Fernandina Beach Marina will Light Up Amelia along South Front Street in historic, downtown on July 4, 2016.

This all ages event is FREE and the fun begins at 6:00 p.m., ending after the fireworks show which begins at 9:00 p.m.

There will be several competitions including Patriotic Pooches at 6:30, Best Decorated Patriotic Bicycle at 7:00, and Pie Eating, and the Nassau Community Band will be playing patriotic music at 7:45 p.m. Bring your family and a comfortable chair, the City has arranged for vendors to be set up with food, drinks, and souvenirs.

2016 Red, White and Deep Blue Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is home to the Red, White, and Deep Blue Celebration and you can reserve your table now to spend July 4, 2016, at this ultimate, family friendly event of the summer!

Make this a memorable Independence Day with Southern-inspired All-American barbecue with an array of favorites including chilled seafood, fried chicken, local fish and steak.

Activities include live music and games, and get to enjoy front row seats to the spectacular firework show at 9:15 p.m.

Reservations are requested for this all ages event by calling (904) 277-1100.

The cost is $99 for adults, and $29 per child ages 3-12 – rates include service charge and soft drinks.

Sounds on Centre June 3, 2016

Sounds On Centre is this Friday, June 3, 2016. From 6 to 8:00 p.m., this is a dance pary in the street! Join your neighbors, friends, Pirates and more to listen to The Decades Band, Amelia Island’s premier party band comprised of four talented local musicians put together by the bands drummer and manager, Robert Severance. Ray Hetchka, owner of Kayak Amelia, plays bass guitar player, Vic Deacon is the lead guitar player, and James Geiger plays the keyboards.

Like many great bands, there is no single lead singer. All of the members sing lead on different songs. This band is known for their ability to please the crowds with note for note precision and they are proud to call Fernandina Beach “home”!

Located at Centre and Second Streets in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach.

Bring lawn chairs if you’d like, and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Olives Abound at Farmers Market in Fernandina Beach

Olives Abound at Farmers Market in Fernandina BeachThe Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market will be open on April 2, 2016, on North Seventh Street, in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida. With three varieties of olive vendors at the market this Saturday, this week the market is all about the “olive”. Whole olives, pitted olives, olive juice, olive salad, and olive oils are all specialties of some of our most popular booths.

The Golden Olive Press is back with gift sets and baskets just in time for Mother’s Day ideas. Founded by brothers Omar and Paul with the purpose of introducing premium Spanish olive oils to American households, it was through their passion for food and wine that they came to realize many authentic Spanish products were either not available, or of inferior quality. They select their oils on the basis of quality, regulatory accreditation, and taste. They guarantee their oils will be of the highest possible quality. Stop by and meet Paul, and his lovely wife Melanie, and taste a sample – you won’t be disappointed.

Returning again this week is our biweekly vendor, Jay’s Marketplace. Denise brings Jay’s Italian Olive Salad and Olive Juice all the way from St. Petersburg, Florida. Basically, it is an olive salad made with green Italian olives and an assortment of chopped vegetables blended with olive oil. The salad mix can be used in a variety of recipes including a tasty Muffuletta sandwich. Other great ways to dish up the salad mix is in antipasto salad, served in omelets and pizzas, a topping for your favorite baguette, or spoon it on a hearty hot dog or polish sausage.

Recently honored as Small Business Leader of the Year by the jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Owner Shai Tzabari creates and sells cucumber pickles ranging from sweet and sour to a spicy-sour. He offers kimchi, sauerkraut, jardiniere, olives, hummus and other tasty goodies. Olive My Pickle, now a weekly vendor at the farmers market, specializes in barrels and barrels of pickles and olives. They take great pride in the Kosher Certification they received by our area’s local certifying Rabbi, Yaccov Fisch, Senior Rabbi at Etz Chaim Synogogue in Jacksonville. Kosher Certification is a third party verification of the company’s integrity, cleanliness, and wholesomeness of the foods they make. Their fermented pickle recipes are rooted in Eastern European, Jewish food traditions so they can share this heritage, and those who keep Kosher, their delicious pickles and olives.

You, your family, your friends, and your well-behaved leashed pets, are invited to check out the olives, and nearly 35 other vendors, while strolling the open air Market Place while listening to your favorite classic rock played by the talented Joel Vendetti. Joel is also an artist who makes tie dyed T-shirts in our Arts Market held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.

The farmers market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, however – there will be NO farmers market on April 30th due to the 53rd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

2016 St. Michael’s Spring Carnival

The St. Michael Academy’s Spring Carnival is going on from March 10 to March 13, 2016, at Central Park in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Ride tickets are $25.00 per session and include unlimited rides.

Session 1 Thursday, March 10: 5pm-10pm
Session 2 Friday, March 11: 5pm-11pm
Session 3 Saturday, March 12: 12pm-6pm
Session 4 Saturday, March 12: 5pm-11pm
Session 5 Sunday, March 13: 1pm-6pm

Unlimited rides does not include Attractions and Game booths. Cash is accepted for Attractions and Game booths.

Delicious food will also be available for purchase on site.
Knights of Columbus
Thursday – Sunday
Pizza

Islander Grill
Thursday – Sunday
Hamburgers, Hotdogs, French Fries

Friday Special
Fish Sandwiches

Saturday Special
BBQ pulled pork sandwiches

Valentine Day 2016 Sinatra Celebration

Jazzfest

Sinatra Celebration for Valentine Day

Amelia Island Jazz Festival will celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100 Year Birthday with a Big Band Bash on Valentine Day in 2016. This fifth annual BIG BAND BASH will be held on Sunday February 14 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, in the Amelia Ballroom at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation.

The popular Dinner/Dance Benefit Gala will present The Dynamic Les DeMerle 17 piece Orchestra, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele and a special tribute, celebrating Sinatra, in honor of Frank’s 100th birthday last December 12.  WJXT-TV personality Sam Kouvaris, a Sinatra aficionado, will also be on hand to croon many of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ best known songs.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the music will showcase romantic tunes while paying homage to greats like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Harry James, with whom DeMerle played drums for several years.

Francis Albert Frank Sinatra was born Dec. 12, 1915 in Hoboken New Jersey, overlooking the then starting skyline of New York on the other side of the Hudson River. A blue collar immigrant town, a stone’s throw away from Ellis Island at the time of Frank’s birth, the Mile Square City these days is an upscale center of shops and condominiums, with many a park and street named after its most famous resident.

A Meet And Greet the Musicians cocktail party is set to begin at 6:30 PM . Suggested dress is Smart Casual/Elegant. Tickets for the Big Band Bash are priced at $90 per person and the proceeds will benefit the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship Program.

For online ticket purchases and further information, please visit the festival website, or contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772 or email
Tickets can also be purchased at the UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road, in the Island Shopping Center, or at the AIFBY Chamber Of Commerce, Gateway to Amelia, A1A and Amelia Parkway.

Amelia Island Seeks Vendors for First Dicken’s Christmas on Centre Event

Amelia Island Seeks Vendors for First Dicken's Christmas on Centre EventAMELIA ISLAND, Fl – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island is seeking local vendors and entertainers for the first-ever Dickens on Centre holiday event, Dec. 4-6 and 11-13. Reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ early Victorian era Britain, the event will transform historic Centre Street into a 19th century Christmas village, complete with horse drawn carriages and period vendors, characters and entertainers. The inaugural event is expected to attract visitors over both weekends to experience an exceptional display of lights and holiday décor, making it an ideal opportunity for local vendors and entertainers to share their products and talents.

“We’re very excited about Dickens on Centre and the attention we hope it will bring to Amelia Island during the holiday season,” said Gil Langley, managing director of the AITDC. “It’s especially important that the local business and organizations help make this event a success by participating as performers or vendors, and by sharing their excitement for the event.”

The AITDC is seeking vendors to sell artisan goods, food and holiday items downtown during the event. Vendor space is free with a minimal fee for electric and water use each day. The selection of vendors will be based in part on the adherence of the event theme and is at the sole discretion of the AITDC. Entertainers are also needed for holiday caroling, Christmas dance troupes, Victorian-themed musical performances, costumed characters and more. Those interested in participating in the Dickens on Centre celebration should contact Amy Lacroix, Director of Marketing, at alacroix@ameliaisland.com.

For more about Dickens on Centre and the holiday events taking place on Amelia Island this December, visit www.AmeliaIslandChristmas.com.

Pumpkin Season at Farmers Market in Fernandina Beach

Pumpkin Season at Farmers Market in Fernandina BeachIt is that time of the year when pumpkins are everywhere. You’ll see Jack-o-Lanterns, the local pumpkin patch, Halloween and Thanksgiving Day decorations and of course… pumpkin pie!

Some of the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market vendors consider “pumpkin” one of their specialties and you won’t go wrong with a delicious pumpkin pie from Me, Myself and Pies, or one of my fall favorites – the pumpkin pie bar from Great Harvest Bread Company.

Look for our produce vendors to carry a nice variety of pumpkins. You will find carving pumpkins for your Jack-o-Lanterns, the small pie pumpkins that are perfect for baking, and the pumpkins and gourds used mostly in decorating.

Steephill Designs is back from Vermont with their seasonal maple syrups. This fall and winter they will be at the Market Place on the third Saturdays of the month. They will have their Dark Robust Grade A (old grade B), maple creame and of course maple sugar! Great on ice cream, yogurt, and muffins, this is one-of-a-kind as store bought sugar is more like maple powder, but not theirs.

Also returning as a weekly vendor to the farmers market is a fairly new vendor, Miz Mac. Miz Mac began making Florida Cracker Candy in 1996 and their original recipe is still used today. These cookies resemble a soft toffee bar, but you really need to try them for yourself. Their slogan, “Giving Back is Always in Good Taste”, is displayed in their business every single day as a portion of their proceeds are donated to charities that help women, children, animals and the elderly.

Setting the tone this week is Jim Barcaro; he will be providing background music while you enjoy nearly 40 grower and producer booths and exhibitors. Bring your family and stretch out on the lawn, or consider checking out the 19th Annual 8-Flags Car Show put on by the Amelia Cruizers Car Club that is also in Fernandina Beach this Saturday.

The farmers makret is located on North Seventh Street in historic, Fernandina Beach. Open rain or shine, the market opens to the public at 9:00 am and closes at 1:00 pm. Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome, too.

For more information visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

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Carey Dresser is Amelia Island Story Slam Champ

Carey Dresser is Amelia Island Story Slam ChampCarey Dresser took home the ‘Fern and Dina’ trophy but everyone was a winner at Friends of the Library’s 2nd annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam in September at St. Peters Church where five local luminaries took to the stage to raise funds for the Fernandina Beach Library.

Dresser’s hilarious story about his New York stage debut at Lincoln Center edged out competing tales from Diana Herman, John Drew, Neil Frink and Dickie Anderson. Their stories concerned a rocky first meeting at a singles dance, a genuine American hero, the first African-American pogie boat captain, and memory lapses “I’ll never forget…”

A former ballet dancer who has performed with professional companies around the world, Dresser is active in Amelia Island theater productions and as a local realtor.

Emcee Arlene Filkoff, last year’s champion, entertained the capacity crowd with her own memorable story while votes for favorites were counted. Violinist, Will Howery, assisted on an instrument he built by hand.

To these talented speakers and the scores of others who participated, contributed, volunteered and voted with their cash, Friends of the Library gives heartfelt thanks for an extraordinary evening designed to help furnish the library. Plans for next year’s Story Slam, which may be even bigger, will soon be underway. Watch for information on more upcoming events in the library, 25 N. 4th Street, and on the FOL website, fernandinafol.org.

Photo caption: Storytelling Champion Carey Dresser describes an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in his New York Stage Debut at the 2nd Amelia Island Storytelling Slam reception.

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Short Films Presentation at Fernandina Little Theatre

Short Films Presentation at Fernandina Little TheatreFernandina Beach, FL – On October 8, 11, and 18, the Fernandina Little Theatre will offer film fans an opportunity to watch a selection of eight exquisite short films from around the world that are nominated for the global competition of the Shnit International Short Film Festival.

This is the first year FLT has been selected as a “Shnit Cinemas” site for this festival spotlighting short filmmaking that unfolds simultaneously in multiple cities on five continents. The audience will operate as the jury and will vote online to choose the winner of the Flaming Faun award, including a prize money of $20,000.

The Shnit screenings will take place in conjunction with FLT’s third annual DoctoberFest October 9-11. DoctoberFest will spotlight the best in contemporary feature-length documentary filmmaking, including The Wolfpack, Iris, Best of Enemies, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon.

Individual tickets for Shnit and DoctoberFest screenings are $7.50; a film fan pass is $40, good for a total of six screening sessions (one showing the Shnit short films and one of each of DoctoberFest’s five feature-length documentaries). Advance tickets are available at the UPS Store on Sadler Road, next door to Publix in Fernandina Beach.

FLT is located 1014 Beech St. in downtown Fernandina Beach, at the corner of South 11th and Beech streets.

A complete screening schedule for both festivals is available at www.ameliaflt.org.

Shnit International Short Films Festival
7:30 p.m. October 8; 7:45 p.m. October 11; 4:30 p.m. October 18

A Single Life
Netherlands 2014
2:15 minutes Animation
When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.

Beauty
Italy 2014
9:49 minutes Animation
A short story of the most important emotions of life, from birth to death, love and sexuality through pain and fear. It is a tribute to art, to life and their disarming beauty.

Contrapelo
Mexico/USA 2014
19:30 minutes Fiction
“Contrapelo” is the story of a proud Mexican barber who is forced to shave the leader of a drug cartel.

Love is Blind
UK 2015
6:22 minutes Fiction
“Love is Blind” finds Alice in the passionate embrace of a young lover, as she finally succumbs to temptation. When her husband James returns home early to try and make amends for his recent infidelity and inattention for their marriage, Alice finds herself in the midst of an emotional minefield.

Father
Tunisia/France 2014
18 minutes Fiction
Hédi is a taxi driver in Tunis. One evening, he drives to the hospital a pregnant young woman who is going into labor. This brief encounter will bring a series of random, tragic and unexpected events, leading to a life-changing experience for both of them.

Moonkup – A Period Comedy
France 2015
25 minutes Fiction
Like all the women of Europe, Eva gives her menstrual blood to keep peace in place between humans and vampires. But this injustice must end …

Unleaded
Canada (Québec)/ Netherlands/ France 2015
7:05 minutes Fiction
An environmental activist has a plan against an international oil firm.

Herman the German
Germany 2015
15 minutes Fiction
One of the most experienced bomb defusers in Germany, Herman learns during a medical examination that he suffers from the very rare Kahnawake syndrome, which causes him not to fear. He is forced to try out all phobias to become normal again.

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